Victoria, B.C. — Forward Riley Woods continued his standout overage season with two goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as the Spokane Chiefs fell to the Victoria Royals on Friday night, 7-5. The two teams will face each other in a rematch in Victoria on Saturday night.
The Royals opened the game with goals on their first two shots of the game, including their first goal just nine seconds into regulation scored by Tarun Fizer.
Spokane answered as Woods ripped his team-leading 13th goal of the year to the left post to make it 2-1 at the 2:53 mark, with assists to import defensemen Filip Kral and Egor Arbuzov.
After the Royals’ Schultz pushed the lead back to two goals, Woods struck again from the right circle, potting his second of the night to make it 3-2 with 1:45 left in the the opening frame. The veteran forward now has six goals and three assists in his last four games.
Victoria’s Dante Hannoun picked up his seventh goal of the year with a perfect backhand just under the crossbar to make it 4-2 for Victoria at 8:05 in the second. Spokane refused to quit as Luke Toporowski cut the lead back to one with a greasy goal in front, deflecting a Nolan Reid shot at 17:02. The power play score marked the 11th consecutive game in which the Chiefs have scored on the man advantage.
The Royals extended the lead once more with a goal from Brandon Cutler with under a minute left in the second period.
Veteran winger Ethan McIndoe finished a breakaway with a backhand for his fifth of the season to make it 5-4 in favor of the home team early in the third period, but that was as close as the Chiefs would get. Victoria added on two insurance goals to effectively seal the game before Carter Chorney earned the sixth goal of his sophomore campaign to reach the final tally.
Bailey Brkin started in goal and allowed two goals in 1:55 before being relieved by Dawson Weatherill, who turned aside 28-of-33 shots faced in 54:41. Griffen Outhouse started for Victoria and made 30 saves on 35 shots. Spokane finished 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The loss marks Spokane’s first three-game drought of the season and drops their record to 8-7-1-2.